Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton


Published: Balzer + Bray (January 24, 2012)
Pages: 370
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1
Source: ARC from publisher
GR Summary: Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's..

My Thoughts: Okay, so you know how in Titanic, some person actually counted the number of times Rose said Jack's name? (80 times. Seriously.) Everneath definitely has that same syndrome. Readers, it was excessive with the name-saying. And can you imagine people doing that in real life, readers? AWKWARD, readers. I'd probably give them one of these faces and walk away. That's just WEIRD, readers.

Anyway, when I wasn't distracted by the excessive use of Nikki Beckett's name (and variations of it: Nik, Becks, etc) I couldn't help but notice how...lifeless and depressing Nikki was as a main character. I get it. She spent a century in the Everneath (this isn't a spoiler) but COME ON. Give me a little something to fall in love with in my main character. Give me some HOPE. I feel like I needed a pick-me-up like a Disney movie after the main character made me so somber. I struggled finding something in Nikki that I could relate to.

All in all, I didn't dislike Everneath. Some aspects of the story did get on my nerves, but its redeeming factor? Jack and Jules. The boyfriend and the best friend. Jack was AWESOME. Everneath was not without its swoony moments, though they were few. Not to mention the really fun and interesting mythology. I'm conflicted as to whether or not I'll read the sequel. Everneath has the potential to be amongst a LOT of readers' favorite books of 2012. And I do seem to be in the minority with my thoughts on the book. Even though I do appreciate (and often LOVE) dark, angsty books, Everneath and I weren't a good match.

7 comments:

  1. Bummer that you didn't enjoy this! But a fair review! I'll still probs read it since I was excited when HT sent it but hopefully I'll connect more with it!

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  2. That's so interesting you bring up the name thing. I don't remember noticing it in EVERNEATH, but I definitely noticed it when revising my own first draft. How often DO we really use others names in conversation? It's a good question ...

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  3. I actually REALLY liked this one. Maybe because the depression thing is totally relatable in my angsty teenage world, and even though it was over a totally good cause, like being encased in a dark, dank CREEPTASTIC version of hell (whereas the worst thing that happens to me just before I get struck by a depressing thought is like on the level of getting cheese pizza WHEN I ORDERED PEPPERONI), I just totally GOT her. And let's not even go into how much I digged ('dug' sounds so weird in this context) Jack Caputo. He is like the Westley to my Buttercup, no lie.

    It's so funny because I read this AND Hallowed (by Cynthia Hand) around the same time, and I feel like buckets of SAD just got dumped all over me. ANYWAY, I'm glad you at least somewhat liked it :D

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  4. I really liked Everneath, but I agree that Nikki is not exactly a cheerful character. I felt like she redeemed herself a little toward the end, but yeah.. A little depressive, but I think I just excused her behavior and mood because of the whole "have every emotion sucked out of you for 100 years" thing:P

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  5. I agree about Nikki. I didn't get how she made all this effort to go back and make things right again, then spends MONTHS avoiding talking to anybody. Jack saved it.

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  6. I totally loved it. But I'm a sucker for the whole mythology thing. I loved the Persephone/Hades story as well as the other mythological spins, and I loved the author's own mythology that she put in there. The ending was what it was, but I expected it because I was familiar with the classical myths. Also, I loved the structure of the story. I agree, though, Jack was the winner. Swoon sigh Swoon.

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